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Landscape Pruning with the Professionals at Ground Zero

Just like your hair needs to be trimmed in order to grow thicker, quicker and stronger, so do your plants.

Ground Zero offers landscaping maintenance services to ensure that your property always looks lush and tidy.

Discovering new ways to promote vigorous plant growth is what we strive to do for our clients at Ground Zero.

The pruning of plants is next on our list and something that every AZ homeowner should consider.

What is Pruning?

Pruning intentionally removes dead branches and other unhealthy parts of plants, trees and shrubs.

Whether you’re pruning trees or pruning plants, it will improve the structure of any plant and restore its health.

Landscape pruning is beneficial because it allows the healthy portions of your plants to flourish while the delicate parts wither.

How to Prune

If you have no idea how to prune or why you are pruning, then slowly step away from the flowers.

Let the landscape maintenance professionals at Ground Zero tell you what you need to know about trimming your landscape.

In Arizona, pruning cuts should only be done at the right time of the year and when necessary.

Needs for trimming vary from no pruning to seasonal pruning, and depend on the plant species, landscape location and intended use of the plant.

Reducing density, maintaining health, managing the size and structure are the main reasons for pruning a tree or plant.

You should know when it is time to prune because the larger branches on your trees, flowers and fruit plants will outgrow themselves.

Pruning Guidelines

Take a look at our guidelines on how to prune a plant properly:

#1. Do not trim your plants unless you truly need to. If you must, remember that any and all flowering plants look best when they are allowed to grow in their natural form and habit. Keep in mind that shearing is the worst technique for trimming your plants or shrubs.

A few shrubs that require little to no pruning are: Buddleia, Dodonea, Larrea, Ruellia, Simmondsia, Justicia.

#2. You should prune spring flowering shrubs between February and June, after they bloom. The bud formation on their branches from the previous growing season allows these spring flowering shrubs to bloom in the late winter and early spring. If you remove the buds at this time, you will be removing the flowers as well.

Spring flowering shrubs include: Oleander, Feijoa, Senna, Rosmarinus, Eremophila, Encelia, Euphorbia, Carissa, and Calliandra.

#3. Similar to Rule #2, trim your summer flowering shrubs in the late winter or early spring to promote growth in the late spring and early summer. Bougainvillea and Tecoma plants are prone to frost and should be cut back to living wood at this time.

Examples of summer flowering shrubs: Caesalpinia, Leucophyllum, Bougainvillea, Salvia, Justicia, Lantana, Tecoma, Fulva, and Thevetia.

#4. You should never shear flowering plants because shearing removes their buds and destroys their natural form. Shearing is strenuous and requires a lot of maintenance which typically results in an unnatural looking shape.

Understanding the essentials behind trimming your flowering plants will result in rich, colorful landscapes year-round.

Benefits of Pruning

When you trim your trees and plants, you will get all of these benefits:

  • No more broken, damaged branches all over your yard

  • You will save your property from clutter and damage that fallen branches encourage

  • Promotes healthy, new growth for your plants

  • Trains your plants to grow when you want and need them to

  • Gives your property a clean look and enhances your entire landscape

  • Sets your plants up with a strong foundation and long-term health

  • Seasonal color in your landscape all year long

Ground Zero offers all of these benefits when we trim your yard, plus more.

We will maintain the landscaping work that we did, if you ever need us to again.

Let Ground Zero transform your AZ property from average to luxurious with our quality landscape maintenance services.

Yard Maintenance Phoenix AZ

Landscaping and yard maintenance may sound like a chore, but the professionals at Ground Zero look forward to it.

We feel satisfied when we impress our clients and we always strive to professionally perform above and beyond.

Our trimming service includes:

  • Properly pruning your landscape

  • Removing branches with no use from your plants, trees and shrubs

  • General tips on tree care

  • And much more

Landscape maintenance and trimming is the first step to ensuring that your property always looks groomed, sleek and spotless.

Let your shrub roses, vegetable plants and flowering trees bloom all year long with our landscape trimming services.

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